“A Mind Like a Magician’s Hat”

This morning I asked Emma what she wanted to work on.  She wrote, “We could write a blog post.”

“Okay, what do you want to write about?”  I asked.

“I could make up a story about an Autistic girl who means well, but is not believed smart,” Emma wrote.

“Okay.  Good idea,” I said.

Emma wrote, “She has a mind like a magician’s hat.  Mysterious things are inside.   When revealed, people gasp in astonishment.  Tied to the words regular people can hear are lots of other things they miss.”

“Like what?” I asked.

“All sorts of pleasing sounds, colors and tastes that are healing, but only a special few can experience this.  As loud minds drown out hers, she must work harder than most to be heard.  The End.”

This is the image Emma chose to accompany her story

This is the image Emma chose to accompany her story

17 responses to ““A Mind Like a Magician’s Hat”

  1. Quite a good analogy as the secret of magic is misdirection..getting people to pay such close attention to one thing that the magician can set up the surprise right in front of their distracted eyes. Of course the distraction from the secret in this case is not intentional.

  2. Is Emma describing Synesthesia, I wonder?

    • That’s what I thought of too I have synthesia I see people’s auras in colors and feel them to I believe a lot if people with autism have this ability

  3. I LOVE this story, and the picture Emma picked out to illustrate it. I’m also super excited that we are progressing really well with our RPM sessions together. Hopefully soon, Emma will be able to write like this with me too!

    Yesterday, Emma answered my first open-ended question after our lesson about Julius Caesar’s writings about the Druids (Caesar’s writings about the Druids from his book “The Gallic Wars” are the most extensive to have survived). So after we concluded, I asked Emma to tell me what she found most interesting about Caesar and the Druids.

    Emma wrote: The Druids were kindred spirits.


  4. That is so cute, Emma, the story and the picture. Yes, loud minds can be crushing. How to have a soft mind. Then we can all be touched by the beauty of the senses you messengers are enjoying.

  5. Couldn’t resist…those druid ancestors you know…

    And while you’re singing of the druids lassie
    that tongue of yours so free and sassy
    A host of fairies at your hand
    beckon to you to join their band.

  6. Applause!
    Thank you for the “loud minds” comment, Emma. Nick has told me that I have a loud mind. 😦 So sorry. I am working diligently to learn to quiet it, and only use its volume for those of us who need to be hit over the head with the reality brick. 😉

  7. Emma, have you ever seen the magic school bus cartoons? The school bus shrinks and the class is able to ride through a body and explore. Your story makes me think how cool it would be to ride through your magical mind!

  8. I wonder if Emma has any tips for quieting a loud mind? Seems she’d know better than many.

  9. RachellieBellie

    As always, G E N I U S . LOVE THIS!!!

  10. What a beautiful story.

  11. Beautiful.

  12. wow just love it!!

  13. Marie Brennan

    Wonderful magical story Emma!

  14. “As loud minds drown out hers, she must work harder than most to be heard.” Thank you, Emma.

  15. Love this, Emma! And yes, so many mysterious and beautiful things are hidden by the words that other people hear.

    And “Ooh!” regarding your interest in the druids! Fascinating elements of culture and stories about them. *makes note to ask my grandmother if she has a copy of The Gallic Wars that I could borrow* (tagAught’s “step” grandmother was a Classics professor at Holyoke College; her grandfather was a Classics professor at both Harvard and Yale, among others.)

    And cute picture! Where did you find it?

    🙂 tagAught
    (still delighted to be an adopted neurosimilar aunt!)

  16. Bonnie Murphy

    Love it and funny thing is, my daughter’s first fictional writing piece was titled MAGIC – think Emma is exceptionally gifted! Michelle, my daughter also believed she was “dumb” – because she knew she was different and people told her she was. Now, at age 18, entering her senior year, she is well aware how powerful her mind is, the people who called her dumb – were cruel, ignorant and not in her life any longer. Emma sounds like she’s going to be a very powerful young woman – I am pretty confident in my assessment because I have been doing this for 18 years, 24/7/365 – it is me who is “dumb.”

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